Arsenal have ramped up their hunt for a striker this season by submitting an offer worth €70m for Dusan Vlahovic in the January transfer window.
The centre-forward situation in north London is no closer to being resolved other than it being one day closer to everyone’s contracts expiring.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently away with Gabon in Cameroon as he prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations, and his involvement in the tournament complicates the small matter of his future with his already high salary and worrying form an issue as it is.
Few clubs in Europe have the financial clout to sign the 32-year-old, while his age won’t help entice sides that he is the right player for them either.
As for the man currently leading the line majesticallyw, Lacazette will most likely finalise a pre-contract agreement somewhere in Europe and then see out the season with Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah looks fairly certain of doing likewise.
And, meanwhile, Folarin Balogun will move on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough leading the chase.
Should a few pieces fall into place then a rather large gap opens up in the No. 9 slot for Mikel Arteta, and that has prompted heavy speculation of a move for Dusan Vlahovic.
Interest has been mooted for around a year, although the extent of their scouting isn’t fully know. What is known, however, is that he’s on the radar alongside other options and the rumour mill has had him heavily linked with a north London switch.
Any deal will cost a substantial amount with Fiorentina digging their heels in over his valuation despite the 21-year-old only having 18 months left on his contract. Wanting around €70m or so, as per Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal have offered it.
Offering €55m, the remaining amount will include Lucas Torreira’s permanent sale for €15m, having hugely impressed while on loan and largely expected to be signed full-time at the conclusion of the season.
The deal is making Fiorentina ‘think’, having initially wanted to keep hold of him for the season to secure European football, sentiments that are echoed by the Serbian.
Fabrizio Romano weighed in on the potential move, insisting that the striker’s situation remained unaltered. That being that Vlahovic wants to see the season out and is more likely to have interest in a move elsewhere in Europe. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are said to be keen.
Is there reason to be optimistic about this, though? It’s a serious bid from Arsenal and meets I Viola’s demands. Let’s take a look.